Russia vetoes UN resolution against Crimea vote

Russia vetoes UN resolution against Crimea vote
Sat Mar 15, 2014 20:30:07

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution against holding a referendum in the Ukrainian region of Crimea.

The draft resolution, which was drawn up by the United States, declares the planned referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region "can have no validity" and urges nations and international organizations not to recognize it.

Moscow is backing Sunday's referendum, which would transfer control of the region from Ukraine to Russia.

Thirteen countries voted in favor of the draft document, with Russia voting against and China abstaining. Russia and China are among the Security Council's five permanent, veto-holding members.

On March 4, Sergei Aksyonov, the prime minister of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, said "no one" could cancel the voting on joining Russia, defending a decision to hold a referendum on whether the region should join Russia.

The referendum vote in Crimea takes place this Sunday, March 16 – with two vital questions. That is, Crimea will decide whether to join Russia or to remain an autonomous region in Ukraine, reinstating the 1992 Constitution of the autonomous republic.


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